VMR Climbing Medicine Clinics

Climbing First Aid™/Climber First Aid™ Clinic (1/2 Day – Full Day)

This clinic covers medical issues common to climbing, no matter the geographic location. This is the first clinic of its kind offered to climbers with a specific focus on common climbing injuries and illnesses and includes detailed information of how to prevent and treat overuse injuries, how to respond to falls and related injuries, and medical and environmental concerns that are climber specific (altitude, lightning, etc.). Our original content, delivered in half day and full day courses are perfect for climbing gyms, university climbing clubs, climbing festivals and events, and are a great first step of training for all climbers interested in being better prepared to care for themselves and their partners in a vertical environment.

Climb Prepared Clinics - Levels 1 & 2 (2-3 Day)

Being a competent climber requires many skills. In addition to the movement and technical skills required to ascend/descend securely, all competent climbers should know how to treat medical emergencies on the cliff and have the technical skills to self-rescue. Vertical Medicine Resources (VMR) has created a unique course that addresses these fundamental skills. This two-day course integrates climbing medicine with self-rescue techniques to give students the confidence to care for themselves in multi-pitch and alpine environments.

Customized Training

VMR has worked with numerous non-profit groups, guide services, and government organizations to tailor training to these groups particular training needs. We have instructors across the United States and abroad that are available to work with your team to plan and conduct training that meets your needs.

Interested in hosting a clinic for your climbing community, university outdoors club, or festival? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for additional details.

VMR instructor Tom Gall describing the geology of Mt. Hood to students participating in a Survival in the Mountains pre-conference seminar.

Review of our training:

"This well-trained, professional team presented their climbing medicine clinic at the New River Rendezvous and brought calm, common-sense advice to a group of motivated climbers. We were impressed with their practical suggestions and guidelines, thorough grasp of the subject matter, and their ability to convey the information in an easily digestible manner."-- Maura Kistler, New River Rendezvous

VMR Cancellation Policy:
Unexpected things happen at home just as they do on a climbing trip or expedition. We understand this and have developed our cancellation policy with that in mind. Students withdrawing from classes will receive a full refund, minus a 10% processing fee up to 30 days prior to the start of the course. Within 30 days of the course we offer credit towards future training (within 24 months of original class date).